Cindy Stein is the current head womens basketball coach at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, IL. She is the former coach of the Missouri Tigers women's basketball team at the University of Missouri and Illinois Central College from 2012-2013. She was the head coach for the Tigers from 1998 to 2010. She announced her resignation (effective at the end of the 2009-10) season on her radio show on March 1, 2010. She was the head coach for the Cougars from April 3rd 2012, until April 2nd 2013 when she was named head coach of the SIU Womens basketball team.
Career as player
Stein was a junior college All-American, playing her first college basketball at Illinois Central College. She later transferred to the University of Illinois, a Division I-A school, where she played in her first NCAA Division I tournament in 1982. She ranks sixth in career assists (323) for the Illinois Fighting Illini and holds the highest career average for assists per game (5.6). In 1982-83, she set the second highest career assist total in school history (170). She graduated from Illinois in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She is currently a TV analyst for Fox Sports basketball games. From 2010-2012 she provided color commentary for UMKC women's basketball along with play-by-play broadcaster T.J. Jackson on KCWJ 1030am.
Career as coach
Stein was a graduate assistant and coach for Central Michigan University, where she earned a Master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. After jobs as an assistant coach at Miami, Cincinnati, and Bradley, Stein returned to her alma mater, first as a recruiting coach, and then as an assistant coach for her former team.
Her first head coaching assignment came at Emporia State University, a Division II school in Emporia, Kansas. In three years as head coach at Emporia State, Stein turned the women's basketball program into a national contender, with her team advancing to the NCAA Division II title game in 1998. This success earned Stein various coaching awards, including being named the Division II Basketball coach of the year.
Stein coached for 12 seasons Missouri. She compiled a 185-177 career mark at MU from 1998-2010 and is 252-202 overall as a head coach with NCAA teams. She has led the Tigers to two NCAA tournament berths, including a 2001 Sweet Sixteen appearance. She has had 29 selections to the Academic All Big 12 teams. In the Big 12, one of the toughest conferences, she has guided the Tigers to multiple seasons where they were above .500 in league play.
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